09 July, 2012

Audacity "Ears and Eyes" 7" repress on Volar/new LP on Burger Records



A few years ago, my good buddy Jon from I Hate Rock n Roll Records hipped me to a group of 19-year-olds playing in a band by the name of Audacity.  "You should really think about working with these dudes," he told me, and it's always hard to say no to Jon.  I heard their LP on Recess Records and really dug it and caught 'em live a couple of times, so I knew I was on board.  Jon and I agreed to co-release between IHRNR and Volar, and he arranged for the band to record with another good friend of ours, Rob Barbato of Darker My Love (and currently in La Sera).  I happened to be up playing a couple of shows in LA with Christmas Island while they were recording, so we figured we'd stop by and say hi to everybody and have a couple of beers.  They were in the middle of recording "Ears and Eyes," even though they technically hadn't finished writing the song completely.  Rob thought (wisely) to push them, though, and they ended up nailing the version that's on the 7".  I remember at one point listening to the mix while we were there and turning to Jon and saying, "we get to put this out?  This is one of the best things I've heard in a long while!"  Eventually the boys also tackled a version of "Why Am I Lonely?" by the Nerves for the other IHRNR/Volar split release, Under the Covers Vol. 2: A Tribute to Paul Collins, Peter Case and Jack Lee LP/cassette (buy it here!).  (Vol. 2 was the Darker My Love/Audacity 7" with the bands covering each other--buy it here!)  Our buddy Tim Presley (Darker My Love/White Fence) was nice enough to put together the great cover art for us as well, and we're forever indebted to him for it.

Anyway, I'm writing all this for two reasons.  The first is to announce a color repress of the "Ears and Eyes" 7" EP on red vinyl, limited to 70 copies, mailorder only (order it here!), and the second is help announce their upcoming second LP, Mellow Cruisers, out tomorrow, July 10th, (order it here!) released by our good friends over at  Burger Records.  Barbato is also responsible for recording and mixing this one, and it's a doozy.  Matt and Thomas from Audacity are currently out backing King Tuff (tour dates below), and the band will embark on their own nationwide tour next month (tour dates soon).











King Tuff tour:

July 9th Red 7 Austin, TX
July 10th City Tavern Dallas, TX
July 11th Sticky Fingerz Little Rock, AR
July 12th Stone Fox Nashville, TN
July 13th Russian Recording Bloomington, IN
July 14th Now That's Class Cleveland, OH
July 17th Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis, MN
July 21st Biltmore Cabaret Vancouver, BC
July 22nd Capitol Hill Block Party Seattle, WA
July 23rd Doug Fir Portland, OR
July 25th Harlow's Sacramento, CA
July 26th Bottom of the Hill San Francisco, CA
July 27th The Echo Los Angeles, CA
July 28th Soda Bar San Diego, CA

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